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Maiorana: Silver lining? Bills weren't going to beat Pats anyway

democratandchronicle.com — 1. Is Kyle Orton ready to deliver in a big spot? OK, now that I've stopped laughing, I can answer this: No. But really, did anyone expect him to? Oh, the numbers look great - 32 of 49 for 329 yards and three touchdowns.
Dec 22, 2014

My 3 and out package for #Bills #Raiders - 3 questions answered, my take, injuries, numbers, quotes. Ugly. on.rocne.ws/16HtKcN via @DandC

Dec 22, 2014

Our Bills beat writer reviews his keys to the Sunday's game against Oakland. ow.ly/Gh6tP fb.me/2ARApVX1t

Loss to Raiders ends Bills playoff hopes

democratandchronicle.com — Plenty has to happen in the final two weeks of the season for the Buffalo Bills (8-6) to end their 14-year playoff drought, but "controlling the controllables," as coaches say, starts with beating the Raiders Sunday in Oakland. The Bills, coming off a monumental upset over the Green Bay Packers last week, are still hopeful for a playoff berth.
Dec 22, 2014

Here's my column on the #Bills sickening, deplorable loss to the #Raiders. Reader beware. on.rocne.ws/1AUA1KX via @DandC

Dec 21, 2014

RT @salmaiorana: My early story on the latest in a long line of deplorable losses for the #Bills. on.rocne.ws/1AUA1KX via @DandC

Dec 21, 2014

My early story on the latest in a long line of deplorable losses for the #Bills. on.rocne.ws/1AUA1KX via @DandC

NY lawmakers: Put bullet-proof glass in police cars

democratandchronicle.com — A group of Republican state legislators said New York should require all police vehicles to have bullet-proof glass in the wake of the ambush-style killing of two officers Saturday in Brooklyn. The legislators said they would introduce legislation next month to require the bullett-proof glass.
Dec 22, 2014

NY lawmakers: Put bullet-proof glass in police cars on.rocne.ws/16Hzkfe Doesn't it cut down on visibility, though? Fishbowl effect?

Homeless clinging to encampment

democratandchronicle.com — To Debs Duguid-May, the scene Sunday evening beneath the Douglass-Anthony Bridge at South Avenue was "a flashback to Apartheid South Africa." A priest at Trinity Church in Greece and a native of South Africa who has lived in the U.S.

Man dies after crashing SUV in Hamlin pond

democratandchronicle.com — The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said an Albion man died Saturday night after he drove a SUV into a pond in Hamlin. Emergency responders found 38-year-old Mariano Solis in a 2005 Ford Escape submerged in a 14-foot pond on Redman Road, according to Cpl. John Helfer of the sheriff's office.

Dec - 21st at Oakland Raiders

Dec 21, 2014

I think my grades are befitting of that performance by the #Bills. Chime in with yours. media.democratandchronicle.com/billsreportcar…

Jim Hofford: From Amerks captain to Greece mall captain

democratandchronicle.com — The mall walkers know. Most of them are in their 60s and 70s now. They bring their photos, autograph books and pens to their morning exercise regimen. And the object of their affection - the general manager of the Mall at Greece Ridge - willingly obliges. To them, Jim Hofford isn't a mall star.
Dec 21, 2014

Jim Hofford has gone from @AmerksHockey captain to mall GM. And he's still in #ROC after all these years: on.rocne.ws/1Hl4vIm #Sabres

Dec 21, 2014

A trip down #Amerks Hall of Fame memory Lane: Our @jmand1 profiles defenseman-turned-Greece-mall-manager Jim Hofford. on.rocne.ws/1HkzHHu

Dec 21, 2014

A story for @amerkshockey fans: Amerks legend runs mall in Greece on.rocne.ws/16Exqfj via @DandC @kevinoDandC #roc

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Maiorana: Can Kyle Orton deliver in big spot?

democratandchronicle.com — 1. Is Kyle Orton ready to deliver in a big spot? The 10th-year veteran got off to a nice start with the Bills when he won three of his first four starts. But as the weeks have gone on, and opposing teams accrued additional film of Orton running the Buffalo offense, it has been increasingly easier to game plan and exploit his weaknesses.
Dec 21, 2014

Can Kyle Orton deliver in big spot? on.rocne.ws/16DSC50 via @DandC and @salmaiorana Kickoff in about 31/2 hours. Here's your primer #ROC

Dec 21, 2014

Sal Maiorana: Maiorana: Can Kyle Orton deliver in big spot? ow.ly/Gf7LO

Connecting the Sibley/Watson dots

democratandchronicle.com — Think of it as Downton Abbey on the Genesee, a story spanning four generations about two of the most influential families in Rochester history: the Sibleys and the Watsons. At the center of this tale is a woman from the Sibley family's second generation here.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @TomSudore: Think of it as Downton Abbey on the Genesee, a story spanning four generations about two of the most influential... fb.me/2yvoZWP9F

Dec 21, 2014

Think of it as Downton Abbey on the Genesee, a story spanning four generations about two of the most influential... fb.me/2yvoZWP9F

Little League Baseball age rule is changing

democratandchronicle.com — Every August, millions of sports fans tune in to watch the Little League Baseball World Series, broadcast from South Williamsport, Pa., featuring two finalists in a tournament that starts in June with local all-stars competing in district tournaments all over the world.

Casino decision leads to winners and losers

democratandchronicle.com — ALBANY - The three casinos for upstate New York will help economic development in hard-hit areas, but will also create challenges for existing gambling halls and add competition in a nearly saturated Northeast market.

Greece hockey team honors student injured in crash

democratandchronicle.com — Each time the name Jake Stoyle was mentioned, the players, some of his friends and former Monroe County Youth Hockey teammates, tapped the ice with their sticks. His grandparents, aunts, uncles and people close to his family chanted "Stoyle'' from the bleachers at Lakeshore Hockey Arena. The coaches and officials who gathered nearby clapped.
Dec 21, 2014

#Hockey * @SectionVHockey: #Greece Arcadia/Olympia team honors potential teammate, who was severely injured on.rocne.ws/1AveTwF

Outpouring of support for Greece man with brain tumor

democratandchronicle.com — Santa Claus isn't the only one who has gotten a ton of mail the past week. The boxes and boxes of cards, T-shirts, hats, pins and fire department patches Johnathan Davis has received might rival all those letters addressed to the big fella at the North Pole.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @RocDevo: VIDEO/STORY: Fire Dept's send thousands of patches to support Greece man with inoperable brain tumor on.rocne.ws/1ARJKBy via @DandC

Dec 20, 2014

RT @RocDevo: VIDEO/STORY: Fire Dept's send thousands of patches to support Greece man with inoperable brain tumor on.rocne.ws/1ARJKBy via @DandC

Dec 20, 2014

Big support for Greece man with tumor on.rocne.ws/1ARJKBy via @DandC Great work by the versatile @RocDevo

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Opening day at Knucklehead draws hundreds

democratandchronicle.com — We knew it would be busy. So we figured we'd get to Knucklehead Craft Brewing right at 2:00 Saturday when they opened, and maybe get a seat at the bar. Well, apparently everyone else in Webster and beyond had the same idea.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @Missyblog: Didn't make it to Knucklehead Brewing's opening day? Read about it here: bit.ly/knuklehedopeni… Webster Blog of the @DandC @ROCFlavors

Genesee, Orleans counties hook up on fishing trips

democratandchronicle.com — Genesee and Orleans counties have hooked up to develop a choice of fishing trip packages involving Lake Ontario charters and fly-fishing on inland streams. Visitors have a choice of seven different guide/hotel/food packages.
Dec 21, 2014

Leo Roth on how Genesee and Orleans counties hook up on fishing trips. @DandC klou.tt/17ho5czqfi20

Heavy police presence near Driving Park Ave. and Finch St.

democratandchronicle.com — A heavy police presence has gathered in the area of Driving Park Avenue and Finch Street, near Dewey Avenue, for an investigation.
Dec 21, 2014

Rochester police are investigating a homicide on Driving Park Avenue, near Finch Street and Dewey Avenue in... fb.me/748XaH79h

Dec 21, 2014

Heavy police presence near Driving Park Ave. and Finch St. ow.ly/GfnVs fb.me/2upy5M4rC

ROCLives: Are we becoming desensitized to homicides?

Dec 21, 2014

Latest installment of Annette Lein's ROCLives: Are we becoming desensitized to homicides? @DandC klou.tt/88oan5e2rh33

Girls Athlete of the Week: Karissa Birthwright

democratandchronicle.com — Name: Karissa Birthwright. School: Greece Odyssey. Sport: Basketball. Age/class: 17/senior. Position: 6-foot-1 forward. Family: Parents, Lisbeth and Curtis; brother, Curtis, 14. Last week: The sixth-year varsity player headed to the College of St. Rose in Albany averaged 25.3 points, 14 rebounds and 5.7 blocks as the Leopards opened the season with wins over Geneseo and Dansville and a loss to Brighton.

Boys Athlete of the Week: DeVante Hagins

democratandchronicle.com — Name: DeVante Hagins School: Leadership Academy for Young Men. Sport: Basketball. Age/class: 18/senior. Position: Shooting guard. Family: Marta Medina and Darrell Hagins, parents; Amber Walker, 24, sister. Last week: The three-time Rochester City Athletic Conference All-Star averaged 18 points a game, as Leadership defeated East High (by nine points), McQuaid (18) and Franklin (27).